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  • Ph.D., Divinity, University of St. Andrews
  • B.A., Literature and Philosophy, Wheaton College


Matt Jenson is a systematic theologian specializing in the doctrine of sin and ecclesiology. In so doing, he is motivated by a desire to understand what it means to be human in terms of the relationships for which we were created and in which we live, move and have our being. He holds a BA in literature and philosophy from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he was part of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. He is the author of The Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on 'homo incurvatus in se' and, with David Wilhite, The Church: A Guide for the Perplexed. Jenson is a happy and grateful part of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach and a licensed minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.


  • The Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther, and Barth on 'homo incurvatus in se' (T & T Clark, 2007)

  • (with David Wilhite) The Church: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2010)

  • “Evangelical and Ecumenical?,” Ecclesiology 7 (2011): 375-89

  • “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,” Books & Culture (forthcoming)

  • “A Response to David Congdon,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 6:2 (Summer 2010): 69-7

  • “Suffering the Promise of God,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 13:2 (2011): 134-153

  • “Beyond Tolerance and Difference: An Interview with Kristen Deede Johnson,” in Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 4:2 (Summer 2008): 61-65

  • “The Church,” in Living Witness: Explorations in Missional Ethics, ed. Andy Draycott and Jonathan Rowe (IVP, forthcoming)

  • “Real Presence: Contemporaneity in Bonhoeffer's Christology,” Scottish Journal of Theology 58:2 (2005): 143-160

  • “Sin Happens,” Books and Culture (July/August 2008): 36

  • (with Oliver D. Crisp) “Sin,” in the revised edition of The New Dictionary of Theology, eds. Stephen R. Holmes, John C. McDowell and Steve Carter (IVP, forthcoming)

  • “Barth,” in A Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

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